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Charges framed against Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 22
The court of Special Judge here today framed charges against Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu, former Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), in the trap and disproportionate asset cases registered against him by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau at SAS Nagar.

Besides Sidhu, the court also framed charges in the case of disproportionate assets against Randheer Singh Dheera, Paramjit Singh Pammi and Prem Sagar, all alleged “touts” of Sidhu in the job-for-cash scam, and G.S. Manchanda and his wife Surinder Kaur Manchanda, both alleged havala conduits.

In the trap case, the Vigilance Bureau had caught Sidhu on March 25 while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from Mr Bhupjit Singh, Excise Inspector, which was part of the amount of Rs 40 lakh, to be given by Mr Bhupjit Singh to Sidhu for his selection as PCS officer.

The Special Judge, Mr A.S. Kathuria, today framed charges against Sidhu in the trap case under Sections 7, 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and fixed January 10 as the next date of hearing for the evidence of the prosecution.

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